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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 279
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 24.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 279
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – It was served a light orange color with a tiny white head. The head disappeared quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet citrus. Notes of orange, tangerine and a sweeter lemon are all there. Mixed with this is a lighter aroma of grapefruit as well as a good Belgian yeasty and spice aroma. As expected for a 10.5 % abv brew, there is also a light presence of an alcohol aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit sweetness. The fruit is of banana, orange, and some lemon. These flavors are mixed with a yeasty flavor right up front. As the taste moves on some of the spicy flavors come to the tongue, with a decent presence of pepper and clove. The alcohol that was detected in the nose then hits the scene. It starts out weaker, but as the taste goes on it a bit stronger, but never comes to a very potent taste. In the light alcohol mixed with the spiced fruit flavors leaves a sweet warming feel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is just below average. Both suit the fruity and spiced flavors of the beer quite well.

Overall – At 10.5 % this was a very easy to drink and pleasant brew. A very nice saison if I would say.

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Photo of confer
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, very murky, lots of carbonation and a pure white fluffy head. Has a tart/funky smell with some hefeweiss yeast in the background. Tart in the taste but the booziness dominates. It doesn't hide the 10+ abv so well.Overall not bad but I think it would be better with a smaller alcohol level.

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Photo of cavedave
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, lots of floaties, quick to leave skim of head that leaves a thin island and ring, bits of bubbly cling from a swirl.

Medium aroma topped by a tart fruity yeast and some righteous black pepper. Seems to be a bit of citrus/tropical hop in there as well. Nice.

Very full taste. It starts with a bang of crackery sweet, citrus, and pepper, hits some nice bitterish herb, some almost wine tart makes an appearance, and it ends with bittering hop carrying the tart and pepper for quite a spin. Not as balanced as one would want, and somehow not as delicious as those flavors together might be.

Highly viscous, coating, low carb., exc. finish, not as clean as one would hope.

A bit thick and not as refreshing a saison as one would guess field hands might enjoy to quaff on break, but a very tasty and potent saison for sure.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy glowing orange with a sturdy one+ finger ecru cap. Great retention, big sip marks line the glass.

The aroma is sweet citrus and spice. Grapefruit peel seems to stand out the most, with lemon peel and orange peel coming in second and third. Spicy peppercorns, bubble gum, and a bit of acetone round out the nose.

Sweetness prevails. Grapefruit and bubble gum wrap around the palate before a rush of orange and tart lemon. Peppercorns burst through in the finish, mixing with acetone/ethanol, sweet fruit, and bubble gum.

Medium feel with mild carbonation. There's some heft to this beer. It has a billowy feel to it. Lush and creamy.

A very nice saison with well-rounded fruit flavors and an extra spicy kick from the peppercorns. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seventeen pours a cloudy golden color, with a small head, the smell is of many citrus fruits with a bit of pepper, and a bit spicey, a little soapy however. The taste has that pepper like backbone of a sasion however the various fruits come up, lots of lemon, and grapefruit. Good flavors, strong flavors, blends together well. Overall a fantastic Saison, great flavors, all the fruits blend perfectly.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to almost nothing in minutes

S: Nice, strong fruity Belgian yeast, with plenty of citrus. Get a light hint of peppercorn as well, but the 3 citrus peel additions stand out much more

T: Follows the nose, along with a fairly strong alcohol presence. Super-Saison indeed. I think the alcohol actually enhances the spice flavors of the beer and lends some spiciness itself, which suits the style well (aside from the dose of alcohol, which is obviously out of style)

M: Fuller than most saisons, but that is almost a must to help with the alcohol. Low-moderate carbonation

O: I like the fact that Weyerbacher pushed the limit of the style with this beer. For people who don't know already, they have a condition with their anniversary beers that states that the beers must be at least 10%, hence the 10.5%. I think it does the job very well, even though most consider the style to be light and summery. Way to push the envelope

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, fruit hop, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I went into this brew not really expecting too much at all if I’m honest. However what I found was actually quite nice and well balanced. This was a nicely complex brew where everything seemed to work in unison with each other and kept your palate intrigued throughout each sip. Doing all of this while still be refreshing was the kicker. Definitely a must try for any fan of the style or the curious alike.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw the alcohol level on this one, I thought it would be just a boozy, lemon zest heavy beer without much Saison qualities. I was wrong, this beer stayed fairly true to the Saison style, but with a richness and higher abv level...kind of an Imperial Saison. Pours a hazy straw gold color with the typical delicately bubbly head. Due to the alcohol level, the head retention was not that good. Minimal lacing as well.

Aroma was "on". Lemon zest funky Belgian yeastiness and some spices (pepper). The grapefruit was a nice addition and there was a hint of the higher alcohol level

Taste was "Imperial" Saison. The funk, spices and lemon zest were there in the right amount. The addition of grapefruit and higher alcohol did not take from the enjoyment of this beer.

Mouthfeel was right. Crisp and funky, but with a richness that most Saisons don't have.

Overall, I liked this beer. My idea of a Saison is more like 7.00 abv, in corked and caged bomber. A warm weather treat, good with food. 750 ml of this beer would be a bit much as a typical Saison if tackled by myself. The 12 oz bottle is just right. Maybe an unusual Saison but I would buy this again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 10.50 %

APPEARANCE: Pours light gold with a chill haze, a little bit of sediment. A ring of wispy head forms and stays in a ring. Looks like a Belgian brew.

SMELL: Belgian yeast chimes in with white pepper, bubble gum, clove and banana. Wheat malt is apparent right away. Grassy hops are there but subdued.

TASTE: Fruity yeast with some banana, bubble gum and cotton candy notes. Mostly sweet with a very faint suggestion of hops. There is a small but noticeable spice from the green peppercorns used in brewing. Lemony citrus with some notes of orange and grapefruit. Still, very wheaty with a always present banana-bubblegum-clove note. Very little funk for a saison, but overall still tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering citrus/bubblegum finish.

OVERALL: An interesting take on a saison. I like the bigness of this beer, and the flavors really do pop. Definitely has a big wheat presence. It is a little sweet, and a bit more funk or some acidity would go a long way here. Not sure what cellaring would do, this is drinking pretty nice right now.

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Photo of philbe311
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - No real head to speak of... Instead there is a slightly lopsided lacing comprised of big chunky bubbles that quickly fizzes away leaving only the thinnest of collars around the edge of the glass... The color is a medium golden honey... There is a haziness throughout... Some small streaks of quick paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass...

S - Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... A light candied sugar presence... Some mandarin orange notes... A very subtle spice component as well... Fairly complex... Very pleasant and quite well rounded...

T - Lemon zest... Orange zest... A strong spice component... Belgian yeast... The finish is an interesting mix of bitter grapefruit and peppercorns...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit thicker than is typical for the style... Lightly carbonated... Sleek... A bit sticky... A bit chewy...

D - The booze is a bit hard to hide at 10.5% ABV and while not typical for the style it's an interesting twist... Treads over several Belgian styles in arriving at its Saison classification... I've always been partial to the Weyerbacher anniversary brews and this one is no exception... Howerver, some time in the bottle will probably serve this one quite well to mellow it out just a tad...

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Photo of julian89
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at work along with Innis & Gunn Independence day, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Dogfish head Burton baton, Dogfish Festina Peche, and Port Old Viscosity. It made quit an expensive medley of a 6-pack. Oh and a good friend gave me a Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald porter.

Appearance - Pours a typical hazy pale yellow, opaque. A 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates with no head.

Smell - Citrus dominates. Lemons, black pepper, orange and grapefruit peel, mild Belgian spice, bready backbone. No severe sweetness. Alcohol smell is absent.

Taste - The taste is complemented perfectly by the smell description. Plenty of citrus zest accompanied by Belgian yeast strain and bready backing. A powerful ABV saison, up there with Brasserie Dupont.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied saison, not a light one. Not as thich as I see other people describing. I think the temp plays a big factor there. The carbonation could use a little work. All in all its a differ3ent mouthfeel than a normal "imperial" saison (as if that actually exists).

Drinkability- I've always said that the Quad from Weyerbacher is my favorite from this Canadian brewery, this is a great saison though. I put it closer to a higher ABV Belgian white though. All in all the citrus and Belgian spice make this a great brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - bright yellow with little head

S - banana, clove

T - lemon, banana, clove

M - over carbonated, crisp, light to medium bodied

This is an alright Saison. For 10.50% it doesn't have great body, but the alcohol isn't as prevalent as one would anticipate. The flavor and aroma are simple and one-dimensional. Overall, a decent beer but boring. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber beer with ivory head; slimmed down to a wisp of a collar; no lacing to speak of

S: citrus notes, soap, yeast

T: citrusy flavors and spices definitely, some herbal and floral background flavors; bitter apricot

M: denser than other saisons I've had - although the abv makes this like an "imperial" saison, so maybe it fits; slight tacky aftertaste

O: Weyerbacher has not had many hits with me, but this is my favorite of theirs so far - biased by my liking of strong pale ales and the few saisons I've had - this beer manages to be fairly crisp and slightly tart and bright despite a heavier-than-I-expected mouthfeel and strong abv. I was reminded of a tripel but with bitter qualities - almost like a tripel combined with DFH's Midas Touch. The more I drank this beer, the more I appreciated its qualities.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking bright yellow color color, the head was fizzy and white. Not much retention or lacing on this one. The smell of the beer has a nice fresh grainy, herbal/spiced aroma to it. The taste of the beer had some nice spicy notes to it and well has the sweetness of the grains in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean and crisp feeling with a little bit of heat in the finish from the ABV. Overall it's a really interesting Saison to say the least. I found it enjoyable, wouldn't buy a case but it was nice to try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a cloudy golden body. Lots of banana citrus, corriander and grain. Perfect degree of sweetness. Flavor start musty with malts, herbs, corriander and light lemon sweetness in the finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I very nice saison. The aftertaste lingers and becomes a little sour and funky but otherwise very good.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from 8/1/12

A- One finger head dissipates quickly over the hazy golden body.

S- Aroma is pleasant barnyard smell with spices and a bit of breadiness coming through.

T- This is my first Saison, so I'm not sure what to be looking for. The citrus is a bit surprising, while the spice and breadiness is expected after smelling it.

M- A medium to thick mouthfeel and smooth finish.

O- This is pleasant and desirable to drink again.

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Photo of beerbully
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tall glass

A-Hazy yellow big white fluffy head that lingers for a while leaving thick lacing

S-banana, clove, candi sugar,

T-follows the nose, banana, clove, sweet, a bit boozy, faint pepper

M-crisp,decent carbonation, a bit fizzy

O-solid brew, not a knockout but a good sunday brunch brew

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This is one mighty saison, clocking in at 10.50%. Can't wait to try this.

3.5 A: Opaque golden brown color. Less than one finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing aren't worth mentioning since so little head developed.

4.5 S: The first thing you'll notice with this is how spicy it is. The peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit) both meld together and stand on their own. The pink peppercorns (what the hell is a PINK peppercorn anyway) offers a healthy peppery kick. Otherwise this is surprisingly floral without being very herbal. Yeast also gives you a touch of clove. Quite clean, especially given the murky yeasty color. Booze is extremely well hidden.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but perhaps a bit less unrefined. Plenty of peels and pepper again. More clove than the nose hinted at. Overall quite spicy. Mild herbalness enters the scene. Rich neutral malt flavor, moderate yeastiness. Hay and wet grass. The booze is apparent in the taste, but doesn't distract too much.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Probably the heaviest saison I've ever had. Good moderate carbonation, though I'd prefer it to be spritzier. I'm not much of a fan of this kind of body on a saison, but it's decent enough.

4.0 D: Really tasty imperial saison that is worthy of an anniversary.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look is a hazy orange-yellow coloring. Looks just like a saison should look.

In the nose I definitely get that sour smell you would expect from a saison. I also smell some bubblegum, and I can pick up the peppercorns at the edges. I was surprised that I couldn't pick up any citrus.

The flavor really brings out the horse-blanket taste. I finally get the lemon in each sip, but there wasn't much there from the grapefruit or orange.

The peppercorns don't come out in the flavor. However, you really feel their presence in the back of my throat.

Seventeen was an interesting experience. I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another very nice anniversary offering from Weyerbacher. A hazy, pale gold beer with a fluffy white head that settles slowly and strong lacing. Nose packs lots of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with some general Belgian-style yeastiness and the accompanying spice notes you’d expect. Cloves and pepper really pop out.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. The beer is brewed with grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel so it’s no surprise there is a lot of citrus zing to it as well as some appealing bitterness from both the hops and the fruit. Light pith and aspirin notes, mild sweetness. Lots of spice and yeast character, the peppercorns really come out in the finish and provide a gentle tingle on the tongue. Really well balanced between all of the elements and that subtle, emerging peppery note ties it all together nicely.

Crisp feel on a medium body beer; lively carbonation; dry finish. Drinks clean, with absolutely no trace of the 10.5% ABV. Where did that go? Feels like it’s half that.

EDIT: I read the other reviews after writing mine. I've heard about batch variation issues, and Weyerbacher's in particular recently, but this is wild. Chewy and boozy? My bottle was the opposite of this. Booze was nowhere, and carbonation was crisp. Quite a refresher and one that felt right on in terms of body and carbonation for a Saison. Very odd. It can't just be perception. Flavors and aromas are one thing but carbonation and heft are much more concrete and straightforward.

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Photo of dheacck11
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice hazy orange gold. 1/4 finger of off white head fades rapidly, no lacing.

Nose is soft bready yeast with a hint of orange peel and honey. Not that potent.

Taste is full of spice up front. Lots of clove, soft ginger, with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Finishes with a nice malty sweet yeast. Leaves a lingering breadiness, but gentle.

Feel is a bit thicker and heavier than I would expect for this style, and is appreciated.

Really a delightful saison, a style I don't often love. Really nice balance of spice, yeast, and floral citrus here though.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazy dull-brass color with a white head that stayed as a ring.

S - lots of citrus and spice make the smell very nice.

T - starts with a yeasty wheat taste before the citrus rind, spice and peppercorn all come through finishing dry and a little peppery.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good saison with a kick.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this...
The beer pours a clear sunset orange with a fluffy white head that fades quickly without providing much lacing. There is an tremendous amount of dispersed flecks of sediment, which appears to be the unfiltered spice content! Yes indeed there are tiny, diced particles of the orange/lemon/grapefruit peel and specks of the pink peppercorn oscillating around the bottom of my glass. This is quite a unique finding for the beer's appearance, but I would have liked more of the unfiltered yeast lingering as well. The nose is still very aromatic (despite being several months "aged") with big notes of citrus and yeast followed by a modest amount of alcohol. The taste is similar, but with more sweetness, which helps build up the body and balance out the high alcohol and spice content. The mouthfeel is quite refreshing considering how much is going on with this special beer, like the 10.5%abv and spice content. I'd say it's a bit off balance as the alcohol becomes a bit too pronounced and overpowering when the beer warms. I'll probably try this beer again...although it'll never be my favorite saison.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz, bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on 5/30/12.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of floating particles throughout. Less than a half finger of white head dies to a halo and a film. Leaves behind a nearly full sheet of lace around the glass.

S - Smells of lemon peel, ground cloves, and a little bit of wet hay funk. The funk plays nicely off the big citrus aromas. Cloves provide a spicy floral character that I enjoy.

T - Surprisingly tart upfront, with lemon juice and pear. Some sourdough bread and candied plantain malts follow. The clove spices from the nose are less pronounced, but still present. Some funk and more tartness on the back end. Some leftover lemon juice and bread linger, but no alcohol. This is a very well put together saison, especially given the alcohol content.

M - Spritzy on the tongue with a crisp finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

O - In my opinion, Weyerbacher doesn't make a bad beer. This was my first time trying their 17th anniversary saison, and I was very impressed. A little bit tart, a little bit funky, and no out of place flavors that are often left on the palate in a very high ABV saison. I will hang on to the other bottle I have for another few years and see what happens. I recommend this beer highly.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden amber colored body, was nice to look at. There wasn't a big head, as it rose up to one finger thick at most, and then died down fairly quickly. The smell had a lot of citric character, which is understandable considering the use of grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel. There was also a hint of floral hops. The first taste is where this beer really started to excel for me. There was an explosion of sweet and citric flavors as soon as the beer touched my tongue, and as I swallowed it, there was a lingering spicy-herbal finish with a slight numbing sensation, which I suspect resulted from the pink peppercorns. The body was medium dense, which is pretty typical for a Saison. I wish that the beer was more carbonated, as it would have improved the feel significantly. Although the spices used are unusual, this was a typical sweetish Saison.

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Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.